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Vince Wilfork on The Big Show: ‘We’re inconsistent as a defense’

09.26.11 at 5:15 pm ET
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Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork made his weekly appearance on “The Big Show” Monday afternoon and addressed the team’s loss Sunday in Buffalo after leading 21-0.

Wilfork acknowledged the defense has plenty of room for improvement, but also cautioned that it is too early in the season to jump to any conclusions.

“There’s things that we certainly have to get better at, but we have to play more consistently,” Wilfork said. “At times we do have things called where we execute it [well]. It turns out okay. When you don’t execute it, you give up a big play.”

Wilfork also addressed the higher scoring games in the NFL this season. On Sunday, New Orleans beat Houston in a 40-33 shoot-out. Baltimore scored 37 points in its game against St. Louis. Oakland beat the Jets 34-24. Although Wilfork is a defensive player, he said he does not mind the high scores as long as he is on the winning end of it.

“I don’t care if it’s 100-101,” Wilfork said. “As long as we have the 101, we win. Get away with the W. That’s the key.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to The Big Show audio on demand page.

On blowing a 21-0 lead: “That game could have easily gone either way . . . I just hate when we give a game away. Some of the things we did were not like us, but it happened. You learn from it, you coach from it. As players, you have to learn from it and get better. That’s one thing we want to do, is get better. If we don’t, we’re going to be in trouble.”

On playing the run-heavy Raiders next week: “I’ll tell you what, me personally, I like to see a team like this. You get away from all the spread offenses for a little bit and actually get back to down and dirty football. That’s what they present. They present a physical team. They want to smash. They want to play smash-mouth football. They’re old school. That’s what they want to do. Once again, we’ll be challenged.”

On the team’s effort despite the lack of consistency: “I don’t question any of our guys’ toughness, I don’t question any of those guys’ ability. They want to do the right thing. But when you play the game of football, you win some and you lose some. The objective is to win more than you lose. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. But we have to get back on track. That starts with a good week of practice. Like I said, one thing we can’t do is we can’t allow this last game against the Bills to carry over in Oakland because we have to take that road trip out west.”

On if the defense has trouble communicating: “Communication is always an issue when you have a breakdown. That’s any team and that’s any sport. When you can’t communicate and you’re not on the same page, it creates problems. That’s one thing that we always stress. Communication . . . We’re just getting better. I can’t sit here and say it’s not, but at times when we don’t communicate or we don’t get the whole call or some guy playing this and another guy playing that, it can be a problem. We just have to keep our head down. We have to keep fighting. It’s early in the season. We can’t let this one loss dictate the rest of our season.”

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